Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovations are responding to COVID-19 with solutions to meet the unique challenges of this pandemic in hard to reach conflict affected and fragile settings.
From locally manufacturing personal protective equipment, to countering disinformation campaigns, learn how these innovative solutions are supporting the world’s most vulnerable against COVID-19.
Today, more than 168 million people around the world live in areas experiencing humanitarian crises.
Millions of these people are unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery due to armed conflict. As the length, frequency, and scope of the world’s conflicts increase, it is becoming more difficult to reach affected people in insecure areas with life-saving and life-improving humanitarian assistance. We need new solutions that respond to the needs of vulnerable, inaccessible communities – yet, less than one percent of humanitarian aid is focused on investing in the innovations necessary to reach them.
The U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the Government of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Global Affairs Canada, with support from Grand Challenges Canada, are partnering on Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge.
Through this Grand Challenge, we will identify and support groundbreaking solutions that engage the private sector and draw from the experiences of affected communities in order to significantly improve – and in many cases, save – the lives of vulnerable people affected by conflict. Our goal is to identify solutions that allow communities to respond more nimbly to complex emergencies and take steps to create better lives for themselves.
Our Featured Innovators
Snap Truth to Power
In a time of uncertainty, Sealr restores trust in what we see. Sealr is a mobile app that uses Artificial Intelligence and blockchain technology to verify and secure imagery from conflict-affected areas, protecting against fakes and enhancing remote collaboration. It has the potential to fundamentally change the way we monitor projects in remote areas: decreasing waste and fraud and putting a powerful accountability tool in the hands of beneficiaries, giving them a more active role in evaluating how their needs are met.
What is Happening Now
The third call for proposals is now closed! Thanks to all who applied. Our team has begun reviewing the applications.
Curious about our review process? Check out the News & Blogs section for information on our application review process.
Latest Blog Entries
Bold Innovations Helping People in Conflict: The Ideas Behind the Solutions
What if humanitarian organizations and responders could text in their needs in real-time? What if food and medicines could be stored in cold refrigerators, without using any electricity? What if children had access to 3D printed lower-limb prosthetics? What if we had technology to keep water clean and safe for consumption in refugee camps around the world? Innovators supported by Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge are making these ‘what ifs’ a reality.
10 Bold Solutions Helping Syrians a Decade Into the Conflict
From early warnings of incoming airstrikes, to locally manufacturing essential personal protective equipment; countering the harmful spread of misinformation and disinformation, and treating large wounds without burdening the overwhelmed health system; Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge supported innovators are working on solutions to meet the needs of civilians caught in Syria’s decade long conflict.
Women are at the forefront of humanitarian aid
It is estimated that over 40% of the half a million humanitarian workers who provide frontline care during emergencies, conflicts and disasters, are women. Women are at the forefront of improving health, access to safe water, providing life-saving information and more for conflict-affected populations through service delivery, education and capacity strengthening, advocacy and research. Women are also disproportionately affected by conflict and humanitarian emergencies, but their voices are largely missing from efforts to treat the problems they face.
This 8 March, we’re celebrating International Women’s day by highlighting a few of the incredible women we support who work towards helping the most vulnerable people in conflict. Refugees, epidemiologists, social entrepreneurs, and more – these women are working on game-changing contributions in the humanitarian sector.
COVID-19: White Helmets establish first PPE manufacturing in Syria
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the White Helmets, a Syrian based organization made up of local volunteers from all walks of life, will establish personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturing and safe disposal capability for healthcare workers and citizens in northwest Syria. The Nobel Peace Prize nominated organization, also subject of an Oscar-winning Netflix documentary, is being awarded $1.6 million from Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge, and will be the first organization to manufacture PPE for the COVID-19 response in Syria. The country’s protracted conflict and humanitarian crisis have destroyed homes, hospitals and healthcare settings, and have disrupted supply chains leaving over four million people in northwest Syria living in precarious conditions that don’t allow for proper distancing, isolation, or hygiene measures.